The Lawrence Browne Affair
Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully ...more
The Lawrence Browne Affair is an immensely enjoyable historical romance: honest and witty, with plenty of snarky banter (Georgie is a master of dry humour), a dash of danger, and two imperfect men who belong together.
The earl dropped the ax long enough to strip down to his shirtsleeves. That couldn't be necessary, given the chill in the November air. But on another, purely aesthetic level, it was quite, quite necessary for this man to take off his clothes whenever the spirit moved him....more
He had never understood what use fine feelings were to a man who was half-starved.
But now he thought he did.
Georgie Turner learned early on that swindling and conning others meant food and safety for himself. But when a sudden occurrence of conscience forces him to leave a job unfinished and his dangerous associate out for his blood, he jumps at the chance to get out London and pretend to be the secretary of the mad Earl of Radnor, spying in order to determine just how mad the Earl really is....more
Cat Sebastian’s wonderful début historical romance, The Soldier's Scoundrel, in which former thief-turned-valet-turned-private investigator, Jack Turner, was called upon to investigate a nasty case of blackmail and found love along the way in the unlikely form of Oliver Rivington, younger son of an earl - was one of my favourite books of 2016. Historical romance as it should be done, the book has a sharp eye for period detail and some degree of social comment as well as ...more
Sexy times: Yes, there is that. Hotness. Plenty of hotness.
Plan on reading more by the author: Please. This woman writes beautifully crafted romance. How could I not read more?
Ok, Lawrence is pretty sure he's as mad as a hatter and is bound to take after the rest of his family in losing his damn marbles. He's an inventor, a genius and a man who has let his house and life nearly fall down around ...more
Alright now, Cat this is 2 for 2 for me with your stories. I enjoyed the Soldier's Scoundrel, but I really really liked this book. Georgie and Lawrence were hot like fire. The chemistry and adoration between these two were astounding. This book is in the same world as book one, but can be read as a standalone. Georgie is a con man but with a conscience. Lawrence is the mad Lord of the town who is scientific genius. They push each other buttons continuously, and I can feel the connection ...more
Second listen 4/9/19: Still Spectacular!!!
I plowed through this book in one sitting. Great pacing and character development helped to make this a fantastic read.
Both MCs were enthralling in their own right, and I appreciated how they both brought out and saw the good in each other. There's a bit of a mystery mixed in and quite a bit of self-sacrifice. I loved the tension between Georgie and Lawrence early on in the book, along with their climactic HEA.
While other ...more
This series is so well done! The first one was amazing, but I liked this one even more. The characters are so creative and interesting, and the story was unique and kept me guessing. Obviously the ending is a given, but how they get there? Wonderful.
Audio is a great way to enjoy Cat Sebastian. Gary Furlong was born to read these characters and delivers a flawless performance. His accents are beautifully varied and it's easy to distinguish between the different characters, I always ...more
I loved the interaction between Lawrence and Georgie, I was completely charmed by the dialogs between them, the romance ... and the dashing ...more
So great to see that my enjoyment of the The Soldier's Scoundrel was not a fluke. Cat Sebastian knows how to write sweet and steamy historical romances with endearing characters, entertaining plots and lots of banter.
The Lawrence Browne affair can be read as a standalone. It features Georgie, Jake’s brother from the previous book. Georgie has been raised in the streets of London as a con to have food and nice clothes. But he fails to trick his last quarry, bringing the ...more
So anyway, here goes:
What I love most about Cat Sebastian's book (and yes, I realize it's only been three, but I loved all three SO much) is how layered and well-drawn her character are. They are never just one thing, they are complex people with many real issues. There is never any external drama (in fact ...more
To date, both novels by this author have been placed in early 19th Century England, so it was a surprise to read the author's biog....Alligators....Biscuits and Gravy!
I do so enjoy reading a novel where I have to use the on-line dictionary and Wikipedia, strangely this was the reason I read the ...more
Cat Sebastian's second book is well worth reading. A good second to her first, different but with the same ability to capture my interest and my smiles. I love how she built up her characters, their flaws, their challenges, their change. I also liked the relationship they built up together, it's strength, it's love, it's comfort.
Sebastian has her work cut out for her with the character she has chosen to write about in her third book but I'm sure looking forward ...more
Stop me if you've heard the one about the conman and the madman. No? Because I hadn't either.
Lawrence felt the too-familiar sense of rising panic, that even in this room he was not safe from the chaos of the outside world. The man meant to stay here, to meddle and talk ...more
Ever since I read Cat Sebastian's debut The Soldier's Scoundrel, I knew I found my new favorite m/m author. Bonus point for actually writing historical m/m. This book 2 might even better than book 1, if I dare say so myself.
Georgie Turner is a conman, a swindler and basically amoral. When his recently grew a conscience and end up being hunted, he decided to take up a rare task to pose as a secretary for the reclusive Earl of Radnor. His job is to report on the earl mental competency, ...more
I still love this series, and everything that Cat writes. I hope all her books end up on audio so I can listen to them!
Original Rating: 4.5 Stars
OMG, this was seriously good. I loved how Lawrence's anxiety was treated respectfully, but the "madness" moniker downplayed to be less menacing since he was no danger to anyone but himself with the reckless science. I loved the experiments and the inclusion of yet another competent, strong, smart woman taking charge of her own ...more
I loved the first book in this series which was set in the early party of the 19th century in a London still recovering from Waterloo. The second book concerns Georgie, brother of scoundrel Jack and general ner' do well, who is roped in to investigate a possibly mad Earl in the woods of Cornwall.
I loved the scientific element to this book, the early days of experimentation with copper wires as a method of transporting messages worked ...more
He stole the show. Just a bit too much - I felt the romance was a little more unbalanced than I'd hope as a result. But I listened to it, and the result me really loving Georgie's voice too.
It was a lovely book, a 3.5 simply because of that lack of balance. I just couldn't muster up quite the care of Lawrence, which is interesting, because he was a very intriguing character who just seemed to fall a bit flat for me overall.
As for the performance, I usually just say I ...more
After I found the first book in the series slightly boring I had put this sequel on the back burner for a while. Pleasantly surprised by how good it was. There's no need to read book 1 to understand and enjoy this sequel.
This was even better than the first. I loved Lawrence, and Georgie is surprisingly more likable than I found him in the first book. Not that I found him unlikable. He was just sort of there.
So what happens when a career conman has to hide away from his old gang and is sent off to a remote country estate that's depilated from years of neglect and is home of an eccentric, mad earl? Well, you get Belle poking around the Beast's castle, of course. ;) I seriously ...more
"Listen here, my Lord. I'm not going anywhere, and you're out of luck if you think you can get rid of me. You can a dozen new houses, and I'll simply follow you about from house to house, like a bad case of bedbugs. Where you are, I am, so get used to it"
I liked this book alone because of Georgie. and how determined he is with what he wanted from Lawrence.
Didn't expect that fate turned that way, falling in love with the one he supposed to be robbed.
Not one second before he went to work as a ...more
Cat Sebastian continues to prove that I was right in making a place for her on my keeper shelf. And while The Lawrence Browne Affair didn’t, in my personal opinion, compare to The Soldier’s Scoundrel, it was nevertheless a well written and thoroughly enjoyable read in its own right.
I adored both Georgie and Lawrence as characters. It was wonderful to see these two people who, on the surface at least, appeared to be different in every way discover that in fact they were very much alike. ...more
This was a really good book, I enjoyed it a lot. Lawrence and Georgie were adorable together, and the plot was engaging and suspenseful - near the end I was flipping from page to page just wanting to know what would happen and when (view spoiler)[Lawrence and Georgie would get to see each other again. I was like nooo, I want them to be togetherrr! (hide spoiler)]. I do think after such a build up the problem Georgie was facing was handled pretty quickly, and it felt a tad ...more
Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher. She enjoys crossword puzzles, geeking out over birds, gardening badly, and–of course–reading. In high school, her parents went away for a week, and instead of throwing raucous parties, ...more